Amid the ongoing raging debate over cow, the Rajasthan high court has recommended that the cow should be declared the national animal of India and also that punishment for cow slaughter be increased from the current three years of imprisonment to a life term. While giving judgement on a petition against the way a cow shelter near state capital Jaipur has been managed, Mahesh Chandra Sharma made the observations. Let me tell you many protests have taken place in several other states against the Centre's new restrictions on sale and slaughter of cattle. Governments in states like West Bengal and Kerala have refused to implement the new rules pointing out that they have the right to frame their own laws on animal slaughter. They have accused the Centre of infringing on states' powers to frame their own laws on animal slaughter.